Posted on February 24, 2014

The Ministry of Information and Communications Technology, Enterprise Qatar, and Microsoft Qatar today joined forces to demonstrate how they can empower small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Qatar.

At a workshop attended by a number of Qatari SMEs today, the three institutions brought unique perspectives and deep insights into a path forward for growing ICT-focused SMEs in Qatar.

The highlight of the event was a keynote speech by Jean-Philippe Courtois, President, Microsoft International, who provided local enterprises with a high-level briefing about how technology can help SMEs compete in an increasingly global marketplace. Courtois’ visit reflects the importance of Microsoft’s partnerships in Qatar and the country’s role in helping grow SMEs.

“Microsoft continues to support SMEs in Qatar through several ongoing and impactful initiatives, emphasizing access to the latest Cloud-based technologies. These include the BizSpark Program, the Keep Your Business Moving online community and the Qatar Ta'mal initiative launched recently in partnership with Silatech. SMEs make up 97% of Qatar’s private sector, and Microsoft knows how critical cloud is to helping SMEs boost productivity, agility and competitiveness at critical stages of their development. Microsoft recognizes Qatar’s long-standing commitments to knowledge-creation and cultivating a vibrant SME sector, and together with the Ministry of ICT and Enterprise Qatar, we look forward to the opportunity to help further that important goal,” said Courtois. 

“Microsoft is committed to helping the country address its national priorities through technology, bringing innovative products and services to market for the benefit of Qatari SMEs, the local economy and the country’s overall competitiveness,” he added.

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Mr. Feda Barghouthi of Ministry of ICT – ICT Strategy Section Manager, ICT Industry Development showcased a new tool that is named “ICT SME Toolkit” which is designed to assist SMEs adopt ICT technologies such as e-commerce, web presence and cloud computing.”

Commenting on the new initiative, Barghouti said: “The new toolkit aims at advancing the Qatari business society in terms of ICT adoption, as well as advancing the ICT sector itself by enlarging the market and enhancing the quality of services. The program has been designed to position SMEs to be at the cutting edge of ICT development.”

Abdulbasit Ajji, Department Manager (SPX), Enterprise Qatar, displayed Qatar’s SME landscape and EQ’s efforts in supporting this growing sector in the country.

“Qatar’s demand for innovation and economic diversification has led to an increased attention towards the SME sector. With SMEs shaping 97% of the private sector in Qatar, we realize the importance of providing seamless support to them.”

The workshop comes within Microsoft’s efforts to support SMEs in the market, through devices and services, and strategic alliances with key organizations such as the Ministry of Information and Communications Technology and Enterprise Qatar. Such activities, also, underscore the company’s commitment to support the country’s National Vision 2030 of a diversified knowledge economy.

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